p.s. Hey. ** Shane Christmass, Fingers strangled/crossed re: your up and about-ness. Ha ha, yeah, that piece I wrote on Ryu Murakami was really mean. He just seemed like a bourgeois fraud, and I felt very punky about it. Boy, was he pissed. I listened to the Wake Island Podcast with Thomas yesterday. Nice. That’s a good podcast. That guy is cool. All the old AR-G posts have been restored, but I’ll try to make a new one even if just another book spotlight. Always very happy to prop him. Never saw ‘My Friend Dahmer’. Just assumed it would be crap, but, okay, I’ll look for it. Thanks, man. ** Misanthrope, Well, of course difficult doesn’t automatically mean doom and gloom. I read a novel the other day that was just 180 pages describing a guy using a screwdriver. And I loved it. Ah, sorry, too bad about your party. I don’t know, I feel sympathy with people who being extremely careful these days. Pretty much all my close friends in LA are living on eggshells. I should say sympathetic if they’re in the US apocalypse. But it still sucks about the party, which sounds like it would have been pretty safe. ** David Ehrenstein, Brad wrote ‘The Silver Age of Death’, it just never got published. Not sure how he feels about it now. He seems to have given up writing fiction. Everyone, Mr. David Ehrenstein’s long running and ever more legendary house/yard sale is still in effect, and he says, ‘PLEASE contact me about the DVDs, CDs and Books I have for sale ASAP, people.’ And I say that you are guaranteed to pick up some very cool things for a song from him if you want cool things and also want to help out a great guy. ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh. I saw Sabrina, who just moved to Paris, yesterday, and she was telling me about the crazy Tea with Tosh MILA-related project with you interviewing people in a scary costume in some kind of fog enshrouded environs, and I will say I got a bit drooly. I didn’t remember that she was involved in the Mick Ronson LPs until I rediscovered that post. Yeah, wild. ** G, Hi! I’m very happy you’re enjoying her work. And it goes without saying that if you’re enjoying GbV my heart flies to the moon and beyond. Your day does sound very nice. The heat wasn’t as bad here as predicted, and I hung out with my friend Sabrina, who just moved here from LA, and we rode the crappy (but fun) dark ride at the fun fair and blabbed over coffees at a cafe for hours. Lowkey but very nice. So you and I both scored on the yesterday front. Do have any big plans or hopes for the weekend? Are you writing? Is it going well? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hey, Ben. I know, I miss the Glove. He popped in here a couple of years ago and said hi, but then he vanished again. I very much like the sound your story, and one would think your group will be suitably blown away. ** Steve Erickson, Well, that’s good news. Knock on wood and all of that. Good move: setting up a bandcamp. Everyone, Mr. Erickson has set up a bandcamp page for his ongoing music composing, and you can find it at callinamagician.bandcamp.com. Best of all luck on the eyes front. Hopefully it’s, as he said, a normal glitchy part of the healing phase. I read your Other Music piece/interview yesterday. Very nice, congrats, kudos. Everyone, Also Steve interviewed Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller, directors of the new and hotly anticipated documentary film about NYC’s tragically defunct Other Music, and you can read that on the newly revived Trouser Press site here. I’ve already read it, and it’s super interesting. ** Bill, Hi. I know, I miss the Glove and wonder that myself. Is he totally elsewhere or is he still checking this place out silently or … what? I remember now that you read ‘Zombie 00’. You’re one of the few. That novel just almost totally disappeared as soon as it was published. I’ll get the The God in Hackney thang, thank you. Yes, the wild fires make the news here. Every year like clockwork now. Just what you need. Increasingly scary world. Keep ultra-masked, obviously. ** Okay. On a whim, I decided to indulge a personal fetish I happen to have for fake food in a very straightforward manner, and that’s your day. See you tomorrow.